Sunday, May 11, 2008

Pg. 99: Barbara Fister's "In the Wind"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Barbara Fister's In the Wind.

About the book, from the publisher:
Anni Koskinen is out of a job. After ten years in the Chicago Police Department, her moral compass led her across the thin blue line to testify against a fellow cop – and, in the aftermath, she lost the only career she ever wanted.

As she is putting a new life together, a gentle church worker appears on her doorstep and asks for a ride out of town. It’s not until the FBI gets involved that Anni realizes she has helped a fugitive escape. And not just any fugitive.

It’s hard to grasp that Rosa Saenz, a popular figure in her largely Latino parish, was once involved with a radical faction of the American Indian Movement. It’s even harder to believe that Rosa was responsible for the murder of an FBI agent in 1972.

But even a close friend in the Bureau urges Anni to work with Rosa’s defense team to find out what happened all those years ago. Because it soon becomes clear that it’s more important to the authorities to find Rosa guilty than to find the truth.

Caught in the vortex of a no-holds-barred federal investigation, angry cops who believe she's once again working for the wrong side, and a dangerous group of white supremacists bent on establishing their own version of history, Anni’s investigation into crimes of the past throws her in the path of a clear and present danger. And this time, she stands to lose much more than her job.

Drawing on parallels between counterintelligence practices of the Vietnam War era and today’s hostile climate for civil liberties, In the Wind gathers gale-force strength as the events of the past collide with the present – and, for Anni, the political becomes all too personal.
Among the early praise for the novel:
"Barbara Fister is the heir apparent to Sara Paretsky. IN THE WIND is an intriguing mystery, filled with great characters, an interesting and needed perspective on the city of Chicago, and a strong grounding in the politics and history of the past thirty years. Read it. You'll love it."
--Kris Nelscott Edgar and Shamus award nominated author of the Smokey Dalton series

“An engaging character, a fast-paced plot, and a story that draws thought-provoking parallels between the turbulent 1970s and the world we live in today. An excellent second novel!”
--Marcia Muller, creator of the Sharon McCone series

"A tour de force of masterful storytelling, with scar tissue strong enough to stretch from the Vietnam era to today's assault on civil liberties. And Anni Koskinen is just the character to pull it all together - strong, honest, and caring - and all too capable of demonstrating both the power and danger of past mistakes. With In The Wind, Barbara Fister has created a vivid, intricately plotted and emotionally resonant novel that will stay with you a long, long time."
--Louise Ure, Shamus Award-winning author of The Fault Tree

"To the fine list of tough female PIs like V. I. Warshawski, Kinsey Millhone, and Sharon McCone, eager readers can now add another terrific name: Anni Koskinen. In the Wind is smart and tough, and Barbara Fister, delivers her story with the wallop of a good right cross."
--William Kent Kruger, Anthony award-winning author of the Cork O'Connor series

"Chicago comes to life in this bold, thought-provoking, unabashedly political mystery."
--Sean Chercover, author of Big City Bad Blood and Trigger City
Read an excerpt from In the Wind, and learn more about the author and her work at Barbara Fister's website and her blog.

Barbara Fister is also the author of the mystery, On Edge.

The Page 99 Test: In the Wind.

--Marshal Zeringue